1977 Morris Marina Coupe 1.8 petrol


Worst car ever


Transmission problems (broken gearbox).

High fuel consumption.


My driver's side window fell off the track.

Ignition problems.

Rust in headlights.

General Comments:

This car was my first car, and it was terrible. No good memories.

Seats were very comfortable, but the interior was a bad design.

Had to get up early to get the engine running. It took as long as one battery charge!

Powerful and fuel consuming engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd December, 2011

6th Dec 2011, 22:59

Sounds like you should've dropped a piano on it.

1976 Morris Marina super de luxe coupe 1.3


I just love this car!


Clutch slave cylinder seal.

The fuelgauge.

Water pump.

Inertia seat belts lock in summer.

General Comments:

Clutch slave cylinder seal is going. I just keep topping up! Keep everything lubricated properly! 3000 Miles interval. Good looking and a very nice and comfortable car. The engine, is smooth and reliable, always starts first time. No oil leaks at all! Choke knob feels flimsy. Always think it comes off. Lovely gearbox, but lacks 5th gear. Finding the reverse gear takes some practicing. The fuel gauge worked intermittently due to punctured plastic floater. Repaired this when the fuel tank had to come out (off) for rusty and leaky underside. The clutch can be quite vicious and unexpected. Crazy positioning of radio aperture in dashboard. Not properly visible from LHD driving position. Electric switches do hesitate sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2002

11th Oct 2004, 00:43

How very nice! So there's another one still around in the Netherlands!

I very recently required an 1800 TC Coupe, delivered new to his proud (?) Dutch owner who unfortunately passed away several years ago. That was back in June 1975....

It's still with MOT, some work on the body (mainly the RH sill and front wing), but with sound engine and gearbox, although the carburettors are not behaving like they should be.

I had some e-mail contact with someone owning a orange 1.3 coupe like the one you have now last year. Since there are not that many around any more: the same car???

30th Jul 2006, 20:29

The radio position was just one of those peculiarities.. right hand drive Marinas also had a radio facing the wrong way and the wipers set up for the LHD position.

3rd Sep 2006, 08:43

Australian Marinas had the wipers the correct way round for RHD. I don't understand why they were set for LHD in UK. They did tend to lift off the screen atover 80 km/h though.

Australian Marinas had a few improvements: better brakes, different engines (E-series 1500 and 1750) better seats, different wipers, slightly better rear suspension. In 73 they released a 6 cylinder 2.6 litre version with uprated suspension front and rear, and better brakes, 3-speed manual trans. (or 3-speed auto). Also a unique Australian grille on 74 models - vertical chrome bars with the Leyland symbol. Post 74 Marinas were badged as "Leyland Marina" not "Morris Marina".

I had a 6 cyl manual one for a while, I quite enjoyed it, but it really wasn't much of a car.